How do I choose Carpet?

It has been a few weeks since we completed work on our design build and renovation project in Rutland but due to the woodworm treatment we had to apply to the floor boards upstairs the carpets have not been able to be fitted… until now! Our post Olympic blues have been set aside as we are so thrilled to have carpets on the stairs and in the bedrooms! Just like the new caret smell (which I love but I know some clients don’t) which will wear off, so will the novelty so roll on the Paralympics.

I chose two different types of carpet. The bedroom carpet is a traditional woolen weave which will be fitted over an underlay. This is a classic look.

The stair carpet is made using a flat-weaving method which gives a distinctive texture. It too is an all wool carpet but the flat weave gives a look similar to natural floor coverings (sisal etc), but offering the warmth and practicality of a wool carpet. This carpet, as with all natural floor coverings, needs to be delivered to the place it is to be fitted a week prior to fitting to allow it to acclimatize to the conditions.


The staircase before the carpet is fitted

A roll of carpet ready for fitting

Fitting the underlay



The stair carpet being fitted

Choosing a carpet

Nothing compares to the soft, luxurious feeling of carpet under your feet. Carpeting provides a safe, comfortable spot for kids to play and may even reduce the risk of injury during a fall. Carpet requires a bit of extra maintenance compared to vinyl or tiles, but there’s simply no substitute in terms of sound absorption, warmth and overall comfort.

Wear and tear

There’s a lot to think about before you choose a carpet. Bear in mind how much wear it will get and how long it should last – a few months to sell your house, or years of teenagers tramping up and down the hallway?

Get the look

Before paying out for the latest fashionable colour or pattern, think about future decorating plans. Always take a sample home to see how the carpet might look with your décor, both in the day and at night with your lighting. You’ll also need to think about whether the width and pattern of the carpet will fit your room, including alcoves or bay windows. Carpet usually comes in 4 or 5 m widths. If you want to run the same carpet through multiple rooms think about the best way to lay it, whilst getting the most use of the relevant width, so that it runs the same way in each room

Decide on a budget

Deciding how much to spend is difficult, but you need to think about how well it will wear and how often you intend to replace it. And to get the best job it’s important to invest in good quality underlay and professional fitting.

If you have a interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.